Sixth-inning mistakes costly in 5-2 loss to Wichita State

    Derek Fogel allowed two earned runs in five innings and took the loss.

    Derek Fogel allowed two earned runs in five innings and took the loss.
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    April 28, 2013

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    CARBONDALE, Ill. - Wichita State capitalized on a pair of Southern Illinois mistakes in the sixth inning to defeat the Salukis 5-2 Sunday afternoon at Abe Martin. With the loss, the Salukis (20-23, 3-12 MVC) have dropped their first five Missouri Valley Conference series of the year.

    "I'm disappointed in how we lost," SIU Coach Ken Henderson said. "We played eight good innings, but we gave up three runs in an inning that shouldn't have ever happened."

    Wichita State broke a 2-2 tie with a three-run sixth inning. With the bases loaded, Jacob Williams walked Dayne Parker to force home Johnny Coy with the winning run, and two batters later, Garrett Bayliff singled home two insurance runs to extend the lead to 5-2.

    The inning was set up by two Saluki mistakes. Coy led off the inning and reached on Ryan Rosthenhausler's throwing error. Micah Green then singled to knock SIU starter Derek Fogel out of the game. After a sacrifice bunt, Tyler Baker hit a grounder to shortstop, which Rosthenhausler correctly threw home to get Coy in a rundown. However, while chasing him back to third base, catcher Matt Jones threw the ball off the helmet of Coy, who is the tallest hitter in the conference. That left the bases loaded and set the table for the big inning.

    "We completely blew the fundamentals of a rundown," Henderson said. "We work on that all fall. You have to slide to the inside (of the baseline) and not throw over the top of the runner, but we tried to throw over the top of a six-foot-seven guy. Because we don't execute a basic, simple fundamental of the game, that's a three-run inning."



    SIU brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning when Austin Montgomery and Ryan Casillas hit back-to-back one-out singles. However, WSU reliver T.J. McGreevy struck out Cody Daily and got Luke Mottashed to ground out to first base to end the threat.

    The Salukis again brought the tying run to the plate in the eight, but another strikeout ended the inning

    "We still had a chance to get right back in the game, and we couldn't put a ball in play," Henderson said. "That's the difference. We made two mistakes, but they got the base hit to drive in the runs. When we got opportunities, we struck out."

    Fogel took his third loss of the season for SIU. He allowed four runs in five innings of work. The two sixth-inning runs against him were unearned. After starting the game with five straight pitches out of the zone, he settled in to get out of the inning with no runs and improved as the game progressed.

    "When he started out, he didn't look smooth," Henderson said. "I was concerned how much we were going to be able to get out of him, but then in the third and fourth innings, he looked a lot better. He had a little more velocity and looked a looser, so he found it."

    Southern's bullpen kept the Salukis within striking distance. Jacob Williams allowed the run in the sixth then stayed in for a perfect seventh inning. Tyler Dray entered after a leadoff error in the eighth and pitched two scoreless innings.

    "Our pitching was good all day," Henderson said. "Jake Williams deserved better. He did a great job, and Dray was as good as he's been in a while. Our pitching was plenty good to win this game."

    After falling down 2-0 in the top of the third inning, Southern tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the third. Rosthenhausler doubled and scored on Jake Welch's single up the middle. After a passed ball, Matt Jones singled home Welch with the tying run.

    Wichita State starter Drew Palmer allowed two runs in three innings of work and departed the game after 55 pitches. McGreevy was the first man out of the bullpen, and earned the win with his four scoreless innings. 

    Southern Illinois will try to continue its nonconference success with a pair of midweek games this week. On Tuesday the Salukis will be on the road against Illinois for a 6:05 p.m. game before returning home for Wednesday's 3 p.m. contest with Belmont.

    Wednesday, May 25
    Baseball Terre Haute, Ind. W, 4-3
    Thursday, May 26
    Baseball Terre Haute, Ind. 3:05 PM
    Friday, May 27
    Baseball Terre Haute, Ind. TBA
    Saturday, May 28
    Baseball Terre Haute, Ind. TBA